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What Happened to the Beepocalypse?

In 2006 bees started disappearing. Beekeepers reported to losing up to 90% of their beehives. And no one knew why. Nearly every news outlet raised the alarm, warning of an imminent beepocalypse that would devastate our food supply. But while alarm bells rang, things turned around. And bee colonies are now at a 20 year high. How did we get the beepocalypse so… wrong?

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Reader says “Bee City” more restrictions on what you can and cannot do on public and private property

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Translation … more restrictions on what you can and cannot do on public and private property.
Another means of control and reduction in your individual rights…
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“Sustaining bees means ensuring access to “tons and tons and tons of habitat that is rich in native flowers and free of pesticides,” she says. In identifying the best cities for bees, we looked for communities with defined resolutions and commitments to protecting and/or creating sustainable habitats for pollinators. “
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“The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.”
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Some QUESTIONS:
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1) How much of the Budget is now going to be diverted to support the “Bee City” commitments?
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2) How much land (REQUIRED pollinator habitats) will be designated for bees and therefore unable to be used for other purposes?
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3) WHO is our “BEE CITY USA” liaison?
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4) Who will pay for the (REQUIRED) “National Pollinator Week” celebration?
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5) What is our official “Comprehensive Bee Plan” ?
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Another national/global liberal agenda item adopted by Ridgewood designed to divert time and money and restrict land usage and personal property rights.
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WAKE UP PEOPLE….
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BEE CITY USA website: http://www.beecityusa.org/

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Reader asks IF Ridgewood wants to be more “Bee Friendly” then why can’t we just adopt our own agenda and implement all or none of it on our own pace and schedule?

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If we want to support pollination of Bees, then why do we have to:
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a) join an organization (Bee City USA),
b) PAY Annual Fees
c) make financial, time and resource commitments (including land)
d) annually send reports to Bee City USA (which requires allocating time resources and personnel)
e) commit to creating and maintain a National Pollinator Week celebration (again requiring time, resources and personnel)
f) create and maintain Bee City publicity and promotion including maintaining a web page/site and actual physical signage in the village
g) create and maintain a “comprehensive Bee Plan” with restrictions/requirements on type and quantity of plants, minimal use of pesticides, tracking of pollinators, leaving acerage undisturbed (unmowed, non-removal of dead or fallen trees, non-removal of leaves, etc) and more restrictions/requirements
f) BE REQUIRED TO REPORT OUR COMPLIANCE AND PROGRESS (increase of bee acreage) to an outside organization annually (Bee City USA).
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WHY do we need to be bound to all of these items?
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IF Ridgewood wants to be more “Bee Friendly” then why can’t we just adopt our own agenda and implement all or none of it on our own pace and schedule?
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WHY the need to tie ourselves (via legal resolution) to a 3rd party organization and be bound and committed to a series of restrictions and requirements that MAY or MAY NOT be beneficial to Ridgewood?